Obama on gun compromise: 'A lot of work remains'
April 10th, 2013
04:10 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama on gun compromise: 'A lot of work remains'

(CNN) – President Barack Obama praised the compromise reached in the Senate Wednesday over background checks, though he added there are some parts of the deal that he "might prefer to be stronger" and said there's more work to do in getting the bill passed.

Read his full statement after the jump.

I applaud Senators Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey for their leadership on forging a bipartisan agreement around commonsense background checks that will make it harder for dangerous people to get their hands on a gun.

This is not my bill, and there are aspects of the agreement that I might prefer to be stronger. But the agreement does represent welcome and significant bipartisan progress. It recognizes that there are good people on both sides of this issue, and we don't have to agree on everything to know that we've got to do something to stem the tide of gun violence.

Of course, a lot of work remains. Congress needs to finish the job. The Senate must overcome obstruction by defeating a threatened filibuster, and allow a vote on this and other commonsense reforms to protect our kids and our communities. Any bill still has to clear the House. So I'm going to keep asking the American people to stand up and raise their voices, because these measures deserve a vote – and so do the families and communities they're designed to protect.


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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Obama, be tough with this the most idiotic congress on USA history. Do not incline an inch. Sign on Gun-Ban law. Kids gotten killed. Know it.

    April 10, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  2. Tea Party Thomas

    We have the right to bear arms. Read the Bill of Rights.

    April 10, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. Bill

    After reading the language in the Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms Act I am slightly less concerned about the idea that a buyer will KNOWINGLY purchase a firearm for a criminal in an effort to evade a criminal background check. However, this law requires a finding that the buyer acted with specific knowledge and intent, which can be very difficult to prove beyond a reasonable doubt. The law should have a more objective standard that requires universal background checks in EVERY case where a person legally obtains a gun regardless of whether he buys it the usual way or "wins it" with the only raffle ticket in a "raffle."

    April 10, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  4. mike

    In other words, Obama is hoping that this will be enough so he can save face and get this behind him.

    April 10, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    Bill of rights is being bribed and passed by human beings–we can always quash and redo the legislation. It is big BS. Know it. Writer thoroughly knows the LAW. Know this. Ok.

    April 10, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. Catmandew

    We have the right to bear arms that is true, but with that comes a need to make sure stable people are the ones handling those weapons. In all cases there still needs to be protection for those of us that don't have guns too. I believe it is a state issue, but an issue just the same. I do not own guns but a responsible citizen if they chose should be able to! Both sides have rights if Obama wants Feds involved they will have to be balanced and fair. We need to get criminals and unstable people's guns not law abiding citizens guns!

    April 10, 2013 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  7. Mr. Nope

    Your feelings are not greater than my rights.

    April 10, 2013 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  8. Catmandew

    It is a matter of public safety as much as rights tho. Many of these 2nd amendment people think their rights out weigh public safety. Also the owners of the guns have to take individual responsibility for their guns and their actions. Society as a whole always wants to blame someone else for problems and that would have to stop.

    April 10, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  9. Katoski

    The so called bi-partisan background check authors must not have any research. Most gun shoe vendors have an FFL federal firearms license. You must undergo a background check to buy from them now. Also, every gun bought over any site of any size or following requires the seller to ship the purchased gun to an FFL near the buyer. The buyer goes to the FFL to pick up the gun AFTER he conducts a background check ($25-30). This proposed law changes nothing.

    April 10, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  10. Catmandew

    As an OTR driver I have to undergo background checks and drug screens all the time and that violates my rights, but as soon as it is a matter of public safety that trumps your rights! The fact is something does need to be done about the violence. You can cry 2nd amendment rights all you want but when it becomes a matter of public safety that will trump your rights.

    April 10, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |